Addressing the Rodent Problem Near AY

Atlantic Yards Report attended a community forum last night about rodent infestation near the arena construction site and reports that though only a “handful” of residents were in attendance, those who were there said they were concerned about rat problems continuing. A resident who lives on Pacific Street between 4th Avenue and Flatbush said “you have to walk shaking your keys” in the evening in order to ward off rodents. (In June some residents alleged that there’s a “rat tsunami” near the site.) The city maintains that blame for the infestation can’t be pinned solely on Atlantic Yards construction. A state official noted that Forest City Ratner “had not been properly disposing of trash, but had since improved performance by hiring new staff and dedicating baskets for food waste.” Meanwhile, a Forest City Ratner rep said 250 garbage cans had been given out to residents in order to try to contain waste in the area.
At Meeting on Rats, Recognition That the Multi-Faceted Problem Persists [AY Report]

4 Comment

  • This is ridiculous….ANYTIME you have a large construction project in this city the rats go scurrying. Especially true in areas where there is alot of refuse and food. (tons restaurants on Flatbush, food carts on Atlantic, etc,,,)

    This is nothing new or unique – I had a veritable rat safari on my block for 2 years while construction was going on down the street. Eventually people get wiser with their garbage, abatement helps and then the construction stops. Does it suck – YES but this isnt some “Ratner” issue. In fact the residence should be happy that this is a controversial project – because 99% of the time – no one gives a $hit and you just have to live with the problem. At least here, the Ratner angle gets them exposure and action.

  • Well, I knew this POS would draw flies, but I guess rats want part of the action too.

  • Actually it’s my understanding that the situation is far worse than any other construction site in NYC at the moment, including the WTC site and the 2nd Ave subway.

  • About five or 6 years ago while walking home alone at night from BAM, a security guard at this space asked me to go into the lot and close a shed door for her; she was afraid of the rats and didn’t want to do it herself. So I did.